onsdag 30 juli 2008

Hand of the Week #5, the Thumb

Ah yes, the thumb. I figured I should devote at least one feature into determining the truth behind what constitutes a good thumb from a bad thumb.

Whenever I get ahold of a thumb that fascinates me, I am stuck with a feeling of awe, the thumb seems to eminate some kind of power, a mighty stature with bold features and a confident demeanour, an instrument of ingenuity. If you look to the image, you'll see an example of such a thumb. I'm going to let the thumb bask in anonymity and let you focus on the fact that it's a thumb, not who it belongs to.

As you can see, the digit is extended. The actual base of the thumb, where it protrudes from the rest of the hand, is where the magic starts. Beautifully toned hand muscles support the upper part of the thumb, and if we look further up, you'll see the bottom knuckle in all its glory. The middle knuckle carry the wrinkles that we all adore so, and resting majestetically upon the very end of the thumb is the thumb nail, which nearly deserves a chapter for itself. Looking at the picture we see can see how it arcs across the nail bed, perfectly buffed and taken care of. All of its aspects put together, this thumb is a prime example of one that instills awe in me, and it has the potential to be one of the best parts of any hand. In this hand it may very well be.

While the criteria for a good thumb may be fuzzy, there's a gut feeling that lets me differenciate between the two. A bad thumb might be disproportioned, have a short of neglected nail, or even have unnamable qualities that makes it look weak and puny.

All in all, I can safely say that the thumb is one of my favorite digits, and I hope I've sparked your interest for thumbology with this feature. ;)

söndag 13 juli 2008

Hand of the Week #4, Charlize Theron

I know it has been almost a month since I last made a post, my apologies. I've been busting my balls trying to figure out who I should feature. I have been contemplating Joni Mitchell, Lisa Kudrow, Tyra Banks, Trinny Woodall, and I almost made a "revisited" feature about Jennifer Aniston...

Then I happened to watch a movie called "In the Valley of Elah", where Charlize Theron starred as a police officer. At first I wasn't sure how her hands actually looked, but fortunately there were plenty of close-ups of her picking up cups/important legal papers, so I got myself an eyeful. I went online and dug out a picture which wasn't terribly hard since she's actually a model. It really sucks when I get a good idea on who to feature only to go online and find that there's not a single good picture of that person's hands. I've been lucky so far but who knows when I'll just come to a dead end.

I think I need to shut up more and just let you look. Before I shut up though I'll just drop a few comments... as you can see, she has impeccable bone structure, long and strong fingers with powerful nails that in this picture appear to be coated in some sort of luminescent nail polish. Nothing too fancy, just something to brighten up the general surface of the nails which works real well along with her tan. If you go back to the Courtney Cox feature (I should have found a better picture for that one, sorry) you'll notice Charlize pinky is also elongated and elegant.

For next time I've got a pretty good idea on what to feature, but we'll see if I can make it work or not (it'll be an excellent feature if it does work), for now though, enjoy what I've posted so far, drop me comments here or at Blog Catalog (http://www.blogcatalog.com/user/Handledancer) and as always, if there's a particular pair you think I've missed, let me know and I'll do some more ball busting to find a good picture and feature it. Have a nice week.